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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Motorola wants to patent microphone skin tattoo


Google-owned Motorola has applied for a patent for a microphone tattoo.
The 'tattoo' sticker is electronic and would be placed onto a person’s throat and pick sounds created by their voice.
If the user is making a phone call, the tattoo would then send these sounds wirelessly to the smartphone and the caller.
The patent states the tattoo will have a microphone embedded into it, a transceiver that enables wireless communication with the user's smartphone, a battery and controller.
It would be used for "acoustic noise for a mobile communication device and more particularly to reducing acoustic noise with an auxiliary voice input."
Motorola said in its application: "Mobile communication devices are often operated in noisy environments. For example, large stadiums, busy streets, restaurants, and emergency situations can be extremely loud and include varying frequencies of acoustic noise.
"Communication can reasonably be improved and even enhanced with a method and system for reducing the acoustic noise in such environments and contexts."
The electronic microphone could pick up the sounds made by a person’s voice by reading vibrations and fluctuations of muscle or tissue from their voicebox.
The tattoos would then send these sounds wirelessly over Bluetooth or NFC to a smartphone Motorola’s patent application also mentions a “galvanic skin responsedetector” that might turn the device into a lie-detector.
The patent reads: “It is contemplated that a user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual."
It even mentions the possibility of putting the electronic skin tattoos onto animals.
The definition of 'tattoo' is likely to be a thin 'sticker' than can be removed.
At AllThingsD’s D11 conference held earlier this year, the head of the Google subsidiary’s Advanced Technology and Research Group sat onstage wearing what she referred to as an “electronic tattoo” consisting of a thin, pliable device that adheres to a user’s skin and could be replaced on a weekly basis.
The tattoos were developed by Massachusetts-based engineering firm MC10, and contain flexible electronic circuits that are attached to the wearer's skin using a rubber stamp.
Motorola said it could use the electronic tattoos or pills to identify users wanting to access smartphones.

 Source: Telegraph
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